Putnam County is increasingly considered part of Downstate New York, as it is a forty-five to fifty minute drive to Times Square and Grand Central Terminal is a one hour train ride.
Land: The terrain of the county is generally hilly. The region of the county nearest the Hudson River is especially so, and is part of the Hudson Highlands.
The highest point in Putnam County is Scofield Ridge, with four summits at approximately 1,540 feet (469 m) above sea level. Points of interest include Chuang Yen Monastery, located in Kent and home to the largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere as well as the only library in the United States specializing in Buddhist history; Clarence Fahnestock State Park, a 14,000 acres state park trails for walking and hiking; Donald J. Trump State Park located in Putnam and Westchester counties; and Thunder Ridge Ski Area, a small ski resort located in Patterson with 30 trails and 3 lifts.
Putnam County Executive - MaryEllen O’Dell
Chairperson - Ginny Nacerino
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